Tour to Kruger National Park and Zululand

The Kruger National Park is probably the one tourist attraction that South Africa is most well known for. I personally have visited the park with friends and family numerous times, but have never conducted a tour through the Kruger National Park. So when the opportunity came thanks to Mzansi Safari’s, I jumped on board!

Contemplating the View at Kruger National Park

Contemplating the View at Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park Safari Tour

Paul and I collected our group of 16 from Lesedi Cultural Village in Johannesburg and we started to make our way to Kruger National Park via Grasskop and Hoedspruit. We made a few stops along the way to enjoy the views of the Blyde River Canyon and enjoy a Cheetah experience in Hoedspruit.

Phalaborwa Gate at Kruger National Park

We entered the park at the Phalaborwa Gate and headed into the Kruger National Park. We were booked to spend 5 nights in total in Kruger, 2 nights at Olifants, 2 nights at Satara Camp and then 1 night at Lower Sabie.

Entering Kruger National Park at Phalaborwa Gate

Entering Kruger National Park at Phalaborwa Gate

The Kruger National Park met all expectations. The student group had set a target of spotting 30 species of animal over the course of the trip and by day two had already met their set targets! The birding alone was unbelievable and of course spotting the Big 5 was a huge thrill no matter how many times we’ve done it before!

Leaving Kruger National Park

After we had spent our 5 nights in Kruger National Park it was time to move onto Zululand via Swaziland.

Elephant Skeleton at Olifants Elephant Museum, Kruger National Park

Elephant Skeleton at Olifants Elephant Museum, Kruger National Park

We left Kruger through the Crocodile Bridge Gate and entered into Swaziland. The group had a booking with a local lady who I believe treated snake bites but unfortunately that fell through.

However we did get to spend 1 night at the Hlane Royal Park and had a fantastic Rhino experience! The only blight was that the day we entered was a public holiday in Swaziland which meant very few stores were open.

Zululand

After Swaziland we re-entered South Africa and started into Zululand. We stayed 2 nights at Bayete Zulu which was a first for me, it was absolutely fantastic though! Our group got experience elephant close up, even feeding them and posing with them for photo’s!

Giraffe at Sunrise at Kruger National Park

Giraffe at Sunrise at Kruger National Park

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Next on the itinerary was 2 nights at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. This is without doubt one of my favorite places in the world, visiting here always has me feeling like I’ve come home! We spent a great two days here, and although the animals sightings were a little sparse, the quality was astounding.

Rainbow at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Rainbow at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

St Lucia

The students then moved onto St Lucia which unfortunately we (Paul and I) weren’t able to join them for, so it was only 2 nights later that we got to re-join the group in order to take them to the airport. From all that they told us they had a fantastic time in St Lucia, enjoying a cruise on the estuary and an evening game drive in the park.

View over Olifants River, Kruger National Park

View over Olifants River, Kruger National Park

All Good Things

Like all good things, they have to end at some point, and after 18 days or so, our tour ended. After some tearful goodbyes we dropped our group off at King Shaka Airport so they could continue onto Cape Town and the rest of their tour.

This is all honestly was one of the best tours I’ve ever been apart of. The group was amazing, the itinerary perfect, the weather gorgeous and the people friendlier than ever! I can only wish the next group books soon!

Kruger National Park Tour Film

Bookings

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